Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.
Tap to Call

Rainbow over the Country Side


Whether you have 5 acres or 100 acres, the goals you set and how you manage your land will determine if it will be beautiful, profitable, productive and purposeful.

The Tri River Area (TRA) Small Acreage Management Program provides educational programs for small acreage landowners and entry-level agriculturists in Delta, Mesa, Montrose and Ouray Counties. The workshops, conferences, webinars, field demonstrations, and our vast array of information can help you meet your objectives no matter what level of experience you have.

Contact Us:

Phone: 970-249-3935

Agent Highlight!

Congratulations to our own Small Acreage Management Agent – Isaac Munoz!

Isaac Munoz- Tri River Area CSU Extension, recipient of the Diversity Award which recognizes Extension staff members for superior service to the diverse needs to clientele.

Isaac Munoz is a Small Acreage Management Agent working in Montrose and Ouray Counties. In his work, he has used his intercultural and Spanish speaking skills to support many non-traditional and under-served communities. Isaac’s expertise in building non-traditional relationships and bridging cultural gaps help create the annual Western Colorado Food Farm Forum.

Congratulations, Issac!

Hot Topics

For information about establishing and managing small acreage pastures, including proper seeding and planting tips, specifically for our area, please have a look at our recently recorded webinar found hereThis talk is about 30 minutes and gives some species specific recommendations on what kinds of grasses and legumes work best in this area and will also offer some basic tips on getting these plants seeded and established.

Hot Topics:

Land Stewardship Program

Online Land Stewardship Program is now live!

Offered by CSU Extension and CSU Online

The Land Stewardship badge program was developed in partnership between CSU Online and CSU Extension, and includes seven courses, each designed in recognition of our collective responsibility to retain the quality and abundance of our land, air, water and biodiversity, and to manage resources in a way that protects and conserves their value.

The target audience for this program includes:  Small acreage land owners, farm or livestock managers, urban/rural hobby farmers, realtors and listing agents.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the available natural resources, how to cultivate them sustainably, and build an effective long-term land management plan.  This program has been specifically developed for the Colorado-arid west soil and climatic conditions, providing the learner with more localized land strategies.

Courses in this program are now open and available for registration.

Take a look at the website to learn more about the program. A flyer is attached.

Please contact Jennifer Cook for more information:

Jennifer Cook, Front Range Small Acreage Coordinator

Phone: 970-634-3927


Raising crops, livestock, or even a simple vegetable garden requires you to know the most effective way to do at least some of the following:

  • Understanding your soils
  • Setting up and maintaining pastures
  • How to plant trees or crops
  • Mitigating noxious or obnoxious weeds
  • Irrigating
  • Rotating sheep, goats, cattle, or horses and managing grazing
  • Incorporating and working with water entitlements
  • Managing pests
  • When and the best way to harvest
  • Incorporating sustainable agricultural practices into your daily life
  • Going organic
  • Establishing a direct marketing plan
  • Creating a financial plan and saving money
Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)
  • Know Your Farmer Know Your Food- USDA
    • USDA opportunities for small acreage food producers, click here!
Industrial Hemp
Western Water Assessment
Additional Resources

For the following large documents, please contact your local office as the files are too large for this site.

  • Intermountain Grass and Legume Forage Production Guide
  • Living in Western Colorado on a Few Acres
  • Colorado Forage Guide

To join our Small Acreage Management mailing list, email and include your Name, email address, mailing address and phone number.